Unit 10 flashcards 2015

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Term  
Definition

Adept

thoroughly skilled; an expert

Syn: (Adj.) masterful, proficient Ant: (adj.) clumsy, unskilled, maladroit; (n) novice

Aspire

to have ambitious hopes or plans, strive toward a higher goal, desire earnestly; to ascend

Syn: yearn, aim for, soar Ant:

Bleak

bare, dreary, dismal

Syn: grim, cheerless, gloomy, desolate, barren Ant: rosy, cheerful, sunny, promising, encouraging

Chide

To blame; scold

Syn: upbraid, reprimand, rebuke, chastise Ant: approve, praise, compliment, pat on the back

Despicable

worthy of scorn, contemptible

Syn: low, cheap, sordid, detestable Ant: praiseworthy, commendable, meritorious

Diminutive

small, smaller than most others of the same type

Syn: undersized, miniature, tiny, compact Ant: oversized, gigantic, huge, enormous

Emancipate

to free from slavery; to release or liberate

Syn: set loose, unchain, unfetter Ant: enslave, snare, chain, shackle

Erroneous

incorrect, containing mistakes

Syn: mistaken, fallacious, all wrong Ant: accurate, correct, exact, unerring

Exploit

to make use of, develop; to make improper use of for personal profit; a feat, deed

Syn: (v.) turn to advantage, misuse Ant:

Extemporaneous

made or delivered on the spur of the moment

Syn: spontaneous, off-the-cuff Ant: planned, prepared, practiced

Impair

to make imperfect, damage, harm

Syn: injure, mar, disable, cripple, enervate Ant: improve, strengthen, promote, advance

Invincible

not able to be defeated, unbeatable Syn: unconquerable, indomitable, insuperable Ant: vulnerable, conquerable, surmountable

Languid

drooping; without energy, sluggish Syn: lazy, sluggish, listless, slack, lethargic Ant: lively, energetic, vigorous, enliven

Mire

mire mud; wet, swampy ground, a tough situation syn: marsh, swamp, bog, slough

Obtrusive

forward; undesirably prominent; thrust out Syn: brash, impudent, conspicuous, protruding Ant: meek, reserved, differential, recessed

Preamble

an introduction to a speech or piece of writing Syn: opening, preface, prologue, preliminary Ant: conclusion, ending, closing, epilogue

Render

to cause to become; to perform; to deliver officially; to process; extract

Syn : present, furnish, submit, make, effect

Rugged

rough, irregular; severe, stern; strong; stormy

Syn: rocky, craggy, brunt, harsh, hardy, tough Ant: smooth, flat, soft, mild, tender, delicate

Skeptical

inclined to doubt; slow to accept something as true

Syn: dubious, suspicious, incredulous Ant: believing, credulous, gullible, ingenuous